I’ve always enjoyed photographing train time at an Amtrak stations because of the human interest images there are to be had. One such moment occurred in July 1999 in Sacramento, California, as the eastbound California Zephyr halted for its noon hour stop.
Sacramento is a major boarding point for Nos. 5 and 6 and a large crowd of passengers was waiting to board.
Among the sites that caught my eye was this young girl lugging a large stuffed toy. I imagine that she and her mother faced a long journey and her companion would be most welcome.
Not long after leaving Sacramento, the passengers aboard No. 6 would be treated to the passage through the Sierra Nevada mountains, which is one of the scenic highlights of the trip.